Joya de Nicaragua presents Joya Black

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Black is the new Joya!

JOYA DE NICARAGUA EXPANDS ITS MEDIUM BODIED LINE-UP WITH JOYA BLACK

The Joya family is proud to present Joya Black, a follow up to the very well-received Joya Red launched in 2014. This new blend is a continuation of efforts from the factory to introduce contemporary, innovative products to the marketplace.

The JOYA line changed the way smokers enjoyed Nicaraguan cigars with the introduction of Joya Red, a medium bodied, full flavor smoke specially designed and blended for the modern smoker. The new Joya Black follows in these footsteps and takes the experience up a notch by incorporating a dark Mexican wrapper and Nicaraguan fillers. Modern in Spirit, fuller in Flavor and Stronger in Attitude, this cigar provides a complex smoke, perfect for those who want more.

Both Joya Red and Joya Black were engineered by the youngest executive team in the industry, along with the most senior Master Blenders of Nicaragua. Together they created JOYA, a line-up of cigars that represents the more approachable and adventurous side of Nicaragua’s very first, and most authentic, cigar factory.

“Since its inception, the JOYA brand has pushed the limits of our factory and showcased a new side of our people and our products. Varying from fun, and easy smokes like Joya Red, to sophisticated and more complex smoking experiences such as the new Joya Black, and together with new upcoming variants, JOYA’s portfolio will continue to generate excitement among modern smokers and make their smoking journey much more rewarding.“ Juan Ignacio Martínez, President of Joya de Nicaragua, said.

“This is Joya de Nicaragua’s rst cigar to feature a Mexican San Andres Negro wrapper. We have had these wrappers available for some time and we wanted to create a blend with rich Nicaraguan tobacco, yet without the overpowering strength. The result is a balanced, rich and pleasant smoking experience – the type of experience the new JOYA brand is known for as demonstrated by the release of Joya Red” said, Mario Perez, Factory Manager.

Joya Black will be available in 20 count boxes and will be priced similarly to Joya Red, ranging from $5.50 to $8.00 per cigar. It will be available in the following sizes:

  • Robusto (5 ¼ x 50)
  • Toro (6 x 52)
  • Doble Robusto (5 x 56)
  • Nocturno (6 ¼ x 46)

Joya Black will be available to all retailers and will be presented during the upcoming IPCPR 84th Annual Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas in July 2016. Drew Estate will distribute the brand in the U.S. as JDN’s exclusive distributor. Joya Black will also be available worldwide through our International Marketing Division and JDN’s partners.

About Joya de Nicaragua

JOYA DE NICARAGUA S.A., is a family owned, Nicaragua-based cigar factory that handcras traditional cigars for the premium luxury cigar market. Founded in 1968, it is Nicaragua’s oldest cigar factory in operation and home to the legendary JOYA DE NICARAGUA® brand of cigars. JDN is regarded by many as the patriarch craer of robust, unique puro blends of locally grown black tobaccos, and its cigars are sold in more than 43 countries around the world. For more information, please visit www.joyacigars.com.

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Connecticut Barn Smoker tickets are on sale now!

CT Barn Smoker

Join Drew Estate for the second annual Connecticut River Valley Barn Smoker. The event will run from 10am – 5pm on Saturday, August 6th on a Connecticut Broadleaf Tobacco Farm in South Windsor, CT.

Ticket price includes the following, showcasing Drew Estate cigars with Connecticut tobaccos, and some additional event cigars:

  • (1) Liga Privada “A”
  • (1) Liga Privada Ratzilla
  • (1) Liga Privada Velvet Rat
  • (1) Liga Privada No. 9
  • (1) Liga Privada T52
  • (1) Nica Rustica
  • (1) Undercrown
  • (1) ACID Toast
  • (1) Herrera Esteli TAA Edicion Limitada
  • (1) Florida Sun Grown
  • (1) Kentucky Yard Bird

ONE TICKET PER PERSON, MUST BE PRESENT AT EVENT TO RECEIVE CIGARS

Ticket price also includes a BBQ and admission to the all-day event.

A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Cigars For Warriors.

For more information, visit http://barnsmoker.com.

WHEN
WHERE
90 Foster St, South Windsor, CT 06074 – View Map
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New premiere cigar event comes to Tampa

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On August 20th 2016, a brand new cigar event will take place here in Tampa at Channelside! Ash Bash 2016 will take place in the parking lot east of Channelside Bay Plaza and will feature the following:

  • An 8,000 sq. foot air conditioned VIP facility
  • A live music concert stage
  • Vendor sampling stations
  • Food and drink locations
  • Open courtyard with seating and interactive activities

There are two levels of tickets; General Admission and VIP.

General Admission includes entry into the event, 6+ premium cigars, an official Ash Bash cigar carrying tote, 2 free craft beers or elixirs and free participation in the high end prize giveaway. Valet parking will be available for an additional fee. There is also a Social (companion) ticket available for those who do not want the GA ticket swag and cigars.

VIP level tickets are comprised of everything included in the General Admission Ticket, complimentary valet parking, special VIP check-in area, 16+ premium cigars, an 8,000 sq/ft VIP Lounge with air conditioning, complimentary “clean shaves” from the VIP Lounge barbers, complimentary shoe shining, full open bar and complimentary food. So, everyone purchasing VIP level tickets should show up with some unwanted facial hair and leave your flip flops at home!

A list of vendors and performers will be on the website as the information becomes available.

Ash Bash 2016 is shaping up to be an event unlike any that have been held before and I’m looking forward to enjoying a great evening of cigars and entertainment!

Follow Ash Bash 2016 on twitter @AshBashTampa and visit their Facebook  page, Ash Bash 2016 now for a chance to win 4 GA tickets! See their page for full details on the contest.

For full event details and to purchase tickets, here is the website: AshBash2016

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Cordoba & Morales announce Finca Sante Fe

3Tired of waiting for Congress to lift the Cuban Embargo? Thanks to one boutique Florida cigar company’s propriety blend, palettes throughout the U.S. will get to legally experience what it’s like to enjoy a Cuban-esque cigar without fear of government reprisal.

On May 5, Orlando-based Córdoba & Morales Cigars launched the limited edition “Finca Santa Fe” cigar to take enthusiasts back to a time when enjoying a Cuban cigar meant simply visiting their favorite tobacconist and picking one up. The cigar, which took 5 years to develop, features a genuine Criollo ‘98 wrapper and propriety binder and long-filler tobaccos that were painstakingly cultivated from five different regions around. Additionally, these tobaccos were aged in oak rum barrels for 1 year.

Córdoba & Morales Co-Founder Azarias “Z” Mustafa Córdoba said he wanted to produce a timeless cigar that would appropriately honor his beloved abuela, who would have turned 110 this year. “Finca Santa Fe bears the name of the San Luis farm, nestled in Cuba’s famed Pinar del Río Province, where my grandmother Celestina Córdoba Morales was born,” he said. “Much like the distinct strength, flavor and aroma of the tobaccos from this famed Cuban region, the Finca Santa Fe will deliver an unforgettable cigar experience reminiscent of the golden age of Cuban cigars. We thought this was a fitting way to celebrate not only my abuela’s birthday, but our company’s 5-year anniversary.”

Each Finca Santa Fe was rolled by one Cuban artisan – a master roller with more than 25 years’ experience. Further adding to this 6 x 52 cigar’s prestige is the fact that only 200 five-count boxes and 800 10-count boxes of these masterpieces were created, Mustafa Córdoba said. The MSRP of each cigar is only $20 – a bargain given their scarcity.

To purchase these extremely limited cigars, speak to your local tobacconist or contact Córdoba & Morales directly at www.cnmcigars.com/contact.

About Córdoba & Morales Cigars Established in 2011, Córdoba & Morales is a family-owned boutique cigar company that produces 100% hand-rolled cigars in
Estelí, Nicaragua. The 2016 Finca Santa Fe joins the company’s line of already popular cigars, including the Clave Cubana, Front 9, the 19th Hole, Family Reserve and Puro Pinar. The company will be attending this year’s 84th Annual IPCPR Convention & International Trade Show at booth #3800 where it plans to introduce other new products for 2016. For more information, or to place product orders, please visit www.cnmcigars.com or call (321) 356-0394. Córdoba & Morales is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Nomad Cigar Co. Releases the Nomad SA-17

nomadNomad Cigar Company is pleased to announce the release of the Nomad SA-17 to retail stores on May 18, 2016.
The SA-17 was actually a “sister” blend to the Nomad C-276 back when Fred Rewey, the man behind Nomad Cigar Company, started experimenting with San Andres tobacco.
Nomad SA-17 marks the seventh full production cigar Nomad has done inEstelí at Tobacalera AJ Fernandez.
“I love working with tobacco at AJ Fernandez’s factory. Ask anyone around, he has amassed some of the best aged, most diverse, quality tobacco. For me, blending is a creative process. It is nice to have that home in Estelí to blend and experiment.” – said Rewey.
This is not the first time that San Andres has shown up in Fred’s work. Recently San Andres was used as a binder in the Nomad Connecticut Therapy blend and as a wrapper in the Stogies H-Town Lancero.
“I love San Andres wrapper. It may have taken me several years to wrap my arms around how it ages and plays with other tobaccos…but, for me it was worth the wait.” – Rewey added.
Details on the Nomad SA-17 include… 
Wrapper: San Andres
Binder: Nicaraguan
Filler: Nicaraguan
Factory: Tobacalera AJ Fernandez
21 Count Box.
Available in sizes…
Robusto (5×50)
Coronita (5.5×46)
Toro (6×50)
Shorty (4×56)
MSRP $8.50 – 9.75.
For additional questions contact:
Fred “Godfadr” Rewey, Nomad Cigar Company
Twitter: @Godfadr
Phone: 855-MYNOMAD (or 855-696-6623)
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Drew Estate Announces 2016 Barn Smoker Event Program & Dates

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Today, Drew Estate announced the 2016 Barn Smoker Program, which includes the new Florida Barn Smoker as well as the annual Connecticut Barn Smoker and Kentucky Barn Smoker. Barn Smokers are a completely unique experience, bringing the cigar smoker to the farm level, where they experience first-hand tobacco growing, processing, and finishing.

Florida Barn Smoker, June 4, 2016, Clermont, Florida – Drew Estate will join Corona Cigar Company’s Jeff Borsiewicz on his Clermont, Florida farm, where they will highlight the unique agricultural aspects of Florida Sun Grown Tobacco. Drew Estate has been fermenting FSG in Estelí, Nicaragua since 2013 and will be officially releasing the new FSG cigars at the scheduled store event at Corona Cigar Company that same evening following the farm experience.

Connecticut Barn Smoker, August 6, 2016, South Windsor, Connecticut – Drew Estate will host the second annual Connecticut Barn Smoker, held in the legendary Connecticut River Valley. Drew Estate will be joined by their agricultural partners in Connecticut, the farmers who are responsible for growing some of the most sought after tobaccos in the world. Drew Estate utilizes these tobaccos in brands such as Liga Privada, Undercrown, ACID, and Nica Rustica.

Kentucky Barn Smoker, October 1, 2016, Hopkinsville, Kentucky – Drew Estate will host the third annual Kentucky Barn Smoker in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, the heart of the American Dark Fire Cured tobacco production. Drew Estate will, once again, display a live fire curing of Kentucky Seed, Kentucky Grown tobaccos and will demonstrate the fire curing process from start to finish.

The Barn Smoker Event Program was founded in 2014 with the first annual Kentucky Barn Smoker in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and was followed up in 2015 to include the Connecticut Barn Smoker in the Connecticut River Valley. Last year, over 1,000 consumers, retailers, media members, and agricultural partners joined Drew Estate in Kentucky and Connecticut for full days of premium tobacco agricultural immersion. There were several stations highlighting key harvesting and curing processes, such as the stalk cutting of Connecticut River Valley Broadleaf Tobacco and air curing of these premium tobaccos. Most notably, Jonathan Drew and our partners in Hopkinsville, Kentucky first presented to consumers a live demonstration of the time-honored tradition of fire curing Kentucky black tobaccos.

From his Wynwood, Florida office, Jonathan Drew stated that, “Drew Estate has pioneered agricultural tourism in the tobacco sector. Barn Smokers are an extension of our critically acclaimed Cigar Safari program, where we invite over 500 consumers a year to our home in Estelí, Nicaragua – La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate. Barn Smokers are all about the American tobacco experience, and they are our way of demonstrating our commitment to transparent and authentic production to the final consumer, while celebrating artisanal products with roots to the American tobacco industry.”

Drew Estate will be announcing ticket prices and availability through their email newsletter. Visitwww.barnsmoker.com and register for their email newsletter to be the first to know when tickets for each event go live. Tickets are limited in nature and have sold out within 24 hours historically for each event.

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Altadis U.S.A. Announces Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch II An Extremely Limited Edition

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After the major success of the Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch, Altadis U.S.A. is proud to announce the release of Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch II, a sequel to its limited-edition predecessor.

“Like the original, we expect this limited edition to sell out quickly and be an aficionado’s favorite. This cigar will showcase the Maestros’ passion and craft, exploiting adult cigar consumers’ palates with rich aromas,” Altadis U.S.A. says.

For years, Grupo de Maestros has been making their own private blend of Montecristo cigars from a special combination of tobaccos. Now, these cigars will once again be available to the public, but only in extremely limited quantities.

Grupo de Maestros is an elite brotherhood of master blenders and cigar makers. The Maestros bring with them more than 250 years of combined experience and have united to create a rare experience for cigar enthusiasts worldwide.

The Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch II features a new size and blend. This medium-bodied cigar is deeply colored and comes with a rich Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper, Dominican Olor binder and Nicaraguan filler leaves. Together these tobaccos yield a predominant aroma of wood with hints of leather, dry fruit and coffee.

Grupo de Maestros cigars are available in the 50 x 6” Toro size. Only 250 boxes will be made and shipped at the end of April.

Priced at $15 each, the Montecristo Grupo de Maestros cigars are displayed in 100-count boxes. These premium cigars will be tagged in specially numbered original cedar boxes and wrapped in burlap that showcases a mural of the Grupo de Maestros. Each box has its unique rustic character: the aromatic cedar shelves were aged and made into trunk boxes that preserve their natural wear.

For more information regarding the Montecristo Grupo de Maestros Private Batch II, please contact Yasemin Ozoncul at: yozoncul@altadisusa.com.

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Macanudo Inspirado…The Evolution Continues

Macanudo’s acclaimed international blends will soon be available to cigar lovers in the U.S., with the release of two channel-exclusive collections.

Macanudo Inspirado debuted in Europe in 2014 and quickly became a global success, selling in more than 40 countries worldwide. Beginning this month, Macanudo Inspirado Orange and Macanudo Inspirado Black will be full-time additions to the Macanudo portfolio.

“The launch of Macanudo Inspirado marks another exciting milestone for this iconic brand,” said Alan Willner, vice president of marketing. By bringing this global brand extension stateside, we are continuing to evolve Macanudo by expanding the line with fuller-flavored offerings. We are confident that Macanudo Inspirado will be a welcome addition to the repertoires of tenured smokers who seek expertly blended, proprietary tobaccos from a variety of origins.”

Macanudo Inspirado Orange will be available only through brick and mortar cigar shops, and Macanudo Inspirado Black will be available through internet and catalog retailers exclusively. The collections are presented in 20 count boxes. Additional details appear below.

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Macanudo Inspirado OrangeBrick and Mortar Exclusive

  • Ship date:                            April 25th
  • Flavor Profile:                    Medium body
  • Blend Details:                    Wrapper—Honduras/Olancho San Agustin
  • Binder – Honduras
  • Filler – D.R., Honduras, Nicaragua
  • Factory:                                HATSA
  • Frontmarks/Pricing:        Toro (5.75” x 52); SRP per cigar is $6.59
  • Gigante (6” x 60); SRP per cigar is $7.19
  • Churchill (7” x 50); SRP per cigar is $6.99
  • Robusto (5” x 50); SRP per cigar is $6.19
  • Tasting Notes:                   Complex, medium bodied smoke with a lingering sweetness

Macanudo Inspirado BlackInternet/Catalog Exclusive

  • Ship date:                            April 11
  • Flavor Profile:                    Medium-to-full body
  • Blend Details:                    Wrapper – USA/Habano Connecticut
  • Binder – D.R. (La Vega Especiale/proprietary)
  • Filler: Honduras, Nicaragua and D.R.
  • Factory:                                General Cigar Dominicana
  • Frontmarks/Pricing:        Toro (5.75” x 52); SRP per cigar is $6.59
  • Gigante (6” x 60); SRP per cigar is $7.19
  • Churchill (7” x 50); SRP per cigar is $6.99
  • Robusto (5” x 50); SRP per cigar is $6.19
  •  Tasting Notes:                  Full-flavored and spicy, balanced by slightly sweet notes
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Jonathan Drew Announces New Company “John Drew Brands”

Jonathan Drew Announces New Company “John Drew Brands,” along with 3 inaugural brand launches – John Drew Collection Rye, Brixton Mash Destroyer, and Dove Tale Rum

Jonathan Drew has announced his plans today to enter the spirits industry with his new venture, “John Drew Brands.” The movement will focus on spirits, craft beverages, and food.

Best known for “Market Disruption” before the word was an art form, JD pioneered new market segments in the premium cigar industry with brands such as “ACID Cigars” and “Kentucky Fire Cured Cigars.” Over 19 years, the Drew Estate founder created one of the world’s largest premium cigar companies – Drew Estate.  In November 2014, DE was sold to Swisher International (Swisher Sweets) for an undisclosed amount.

“My life’s journey has been hard, and sometimes painful,” said the 45-year-old Drew. “Permanently moving to war-torn Nicaragua in 1998 without speaking a word of Spanish was emblematic of the risks I embraced to have access to the raw materials we required for our cigars.  While I’m proud of the successful brands & culture we’ve birthed at DE, my greatest pride and joy was living inside the factory for 14 years, only steps away from the daily production, packaging, and leaf processing.  On a daily basis, I was working on the factory floor before breakfast. The dedication and hard work from the DE team in the USA allowed me to remain laser focused on brand ideation from an organic perspective on the factory floor, not from a whack corporate office.”

President of Drew Estate, Michael Cellucci, commented from Estelí, Nicaragua, “JD might just be the Bo Jackson of the cigar and spirits industries. His passion and commitment for Drew Estate Cigar Company remains 100% intact with no plan to disengage. I have full confidence in his team’s ability to develop a legacy in the spirits world as well. JD is a visionary with an attitude to match, but he doesn’t forget his roots or his people.  This is going to be a lot of fun and Jonathan is amped up, so expect a wild ride.”

To continue to follow the developing story of John Drew Brands, visit the new websites for the brands at http://mashdestroyer.com, http://dovetalerum.com, and http://johndrewrye.com. Also, follow John Drew Brands on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at @johndrewbrands.

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About John Drew Brands:

Founded in 2015, John Drew Brands is an NDP Beverage Startup, with a reckless spirit to destroy… Initially focused on developing rums and whiskey brands, as well as “Second Birth Craft Spirits,” John Drew Brands represents quality, transparency and vision-forward philosophy. Brand portfolio includes Brixton Mash Destroyer, Dove Tale Rum, and John Drew Rye.

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Davidoff of Geneva Grand Opening in Tampa

RenditionLast night, Saturday, February 27th, the new Davidoff of Geneva retail store had it’s grand opening.

Here is some info from the press release: “Cementing its commitment to the Tampa Bay Community, Davidoff of Geneva will open its largest cigar bar and lounge in the world, located in the MetWest shopping village on February 18. A partnership with Jeff and Tanya Borysiewicz, owners of Orlando-based Corona Cigar Company, Davidoff of Geneva since 1911 – Tampa occupies a spectacular 5,000 square feet and offers guests a completely humidified store and elegant full-service bar, featuring the largest collection of whiskies and small batch bourbons in Tampa.

The store is a beautiful illustration of Davidoff of Geneva’s new global retail concept, which features a luxury environment and guest experience. Guests are welcomed into a premium cigar retail space, flanked by multiple indoor and outdoor lounges. Private lockers are also available for lease by customers who seek storage for their personal collections.

“We are proud to open this exceptional Davidoff of Geneva since 1911 store in our home market,” said Jim Young, president of Davidoff of Geneva North America. “The MetWest center is certain to become a luxury retail and dining destination, and our collaboration with Jeff and Tanya is the culmination of a longtime partnership. Tampa is home to Davidoff, and we couldn’t be happier.”

“Davidoff of Geneva is the global leader in luxury cigar experiences and we couldn’t have found a better partner with whom to celebrate Tampa’s rich cigar culture,” says Jeff Borysiewicz, president of Corona Cigar Company.

I was able to attend the Grand Opening along with over 700 other people! Along with many cigar enthusiasts, I ran into a number of our local cigar reps and brand owners. Avo Uvezian was the event’s special guest. He was looking great, spending time on the main floor, enjoying a cigar with the rest of the folks. Also in attendance was Eric and Bobby Newman of J.C. Newman Cigars, Dylan Austin of Camacho Cigars, Erik Calvino of Cigar Snob magazine, Cynthia Fuente of Arturo Fuente Cigars, Lisa Figueredo of Cigar City Magazine and many others.

Everyone in attendance enjoyed the exclusive Davidoff Tampa blend, made especially for this new location. Champagne also flowed during the event to celebrate the opening.

The shop received its liquor license just days before the grand opening. The bar is very impressive and has the biggest selection of Scotch, Whiskies and other spirits that I have ever seen. Beer and wine is also available.

As I mentioned, with over 700 people in attendance, the event was packed but, moving around was not an issue and the outdoor seating areas helped a great deal.

In addition to the retail area, there is a conference space on the second floor that I understand will be available to reserve for cigar friendly meetings. A nice touch in the ever growing smoking restricted areas.

Davidoff of Geneva – Tampa is located right along “Restaurant Row” near the International Mall and Tampa International Airport. It will be a great spot to relax after a fine meal with a cigar and adult beverage.

I wish Jeff Borysiewicz and Davidoff the best of success with their new location. It was certainly a great kickoff last night!

Davidoff of Geneva since 1911 – Tampa – 4142 W. Boy Scout Boulevard Tampa, FL  33607 Phone: (813) 513-7560

Hours of Operation

  • Monday & Tuesday: 9am to Midnight
  • Wednesday & Thursday: 9am to 1am
  • Friday & Saturday: 9am to 2am
  • Sunday: 10am to Midnight
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